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  1. Dear 2020 .. What a year! one that we will never forget. We have decided to close our little shop earlier than usual this year, we want to make sure that this year will not be forgotten, for all the right reasons, making memories. 

    My 3 kids finish their 1st term of school on Friday, I will finish off the year with them.

    We have created an advent calendar this year. Quite a random one I must say, one that comes right out of a tupperware jar. We have all put ideas in and every day we pick one. We do have opt outs, family opt outs when it is literally impossible or we are all just too busy or tired, or individual opt outs. I have alerady opted out as I am not a fan of ice cream - so the idea of having ice cream for breakfast was a huge no for me. We have for the past 2 weeks laughed so much singing carols, playing charades, we even had to play Fortnite as a family! Tonight we picked "facetime family" I can't wait!! We will carry on doing this each day till they go back to school. This calendar has really brought us closer, placing family first and we are creating memories that will last a life time. (hopefully the extra kilos I'm putting on won't though!) 

    We are firm believers in anything "play" and even though the situation we are in is super silly and scary, we can still have a beautiful christmas if we only just played a little bit more - together as a family. This year I vow to gift my family presence and love. Extra Extra Specially. 

    I wanted to Thank you for putting faith and trust in our little shop this year! I am truly grateful. We have big plans for 2021 we are very excited to share these soon!! 

    Till then .. Stay safe and have a lovely Christmas! This Christmas ... make it a memorial one, together. 

  2. Mid Term! I just can't believe it really! time is just flying! Christmas feels like it was only just yesterday and here we are heading into another long weekend (some of us a whole week) of holidays :), right after a long Summer. This has been quite a year of a lot of worry and new rules and a lot of uncertainty. 

    We all need a break! all these rules and this uncertain time. I sure do! 

    Here are some ideas I've thought of to get us through the week smiling and re group. 

    Let's go outside!  Location - Buskett



    - Take them on a hunt, this magical place provides plenty of space to run wild and be free. Prepare a treasure hunt - tell them to find objects such as - an orange flower, a butterfly, something fuzzy, a clover, a castle, Ben Elf even! 
    Have a look at this great treasure hunt list that I've come across. Click here for the link to print

    Store all their treasures found in a treasure case like this one to take home and create a work of art with (all you'll need is glue and paper ... or tape! 

    Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 12.23.11- Have you ever seen a nature head? Or a Nature Doll ? Once home, prepare printables, easily found and let their imagination run wild with their treasures found. 





    - Take a walk .. relax .. look up & shape the clouds and just re group and connect. 

    Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 12.21.04- Find the tools to make paint brushes. - Twigs, leaves, feathers, orange peels etc .. these make great sensory brushes for a later painting session. 

    - Gather leaves, twigs and pebbles and create a masterpiece onthe ground. 

    - If you're lucky - Jump in a Puddle!! there are amazing puddle formations in Buskett. Take a change of clothes (inc. socks!) and a towel for after and just let your kids go wild! their smiles will be worth it!


    Sometimes, the weather isn't on our side, or there is other work to be done. 
    Indoor play opens up a world of imaginative play and Social Play


    my-tree-puzzlePuzzles are always a perfect idea! Psychologists have determined that a child's brain development is influenced significantly when a child acts on or manipulates the world around him or her. Puzzles provide that key opportunity. Children learn to work directly with their environment and change its shape and appearance when they work with puzzles besides, 

    • Improved Memory. Solving puzzles helps reinforce existing connections between our brain cells. ... 
    • Better Problem-Solving Skills. ... 
    • Improved Visual-Spatial Reasoning. ... 
    • Improved Mood. ... 
    • Lower Stress Levels.

    - Lava - place cushions all over the floor and tell your kids that they cannot put a single toe on the floor as it is "lava". Their mission - They need to get to the other side of the room and pick up the prize (could be a book, or a toy, or a sweet) without touching the floor. it's not as easy as it sounds! but it is lots and lots of fun!! 

     - Downtime

    For us, downtime are those days when we are tired & less motivated. This is the time where we move on to reading, puzzles, board games or we watch a movie or series with popcorn and snuggles and hot chocolate . - our current favourites are Eddie Eagle, Elona Holmes & War with Grandpa 

    In other words, play matters, let the children PLAY! This Mid Term - Play together 

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